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Smartphone, Radio Earthquake Warning System Tested

A system that could help minimize injuries and damages seeks government approval, funding.
1:32 | 09/14/13

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Speaking -- seven seconds. This is what early earth rewarding may sound like on your Smartphone -- would also go out over the radio and TV up to sixty seconds -- noticed. Japan and Mexico currently have such a system. And so the scientific -- second with US -- who created it. We have a demonstration system running right now has been running for over year and a half. So this isn't hypothetical. And the requirements now are to simply build the thing. A bill to do just that is now all the way to the governor after passing the legislature is all there says it's not just about saving lives. The technology exists that can give us a little heads up that allows -- take cover. Help loved ones -- down industrial equipment -- you know slow down trains or bring him to a stop. And minimize the damage that I feel compelled to do so. But even if the governor signs the -- one key thing missing funding given says it would cost 23 million dollars to upgrade and add to the State's current seismic network. And twelve million a year to operate the warning system. Once the money is -- it'll take about two years to implement. Officials are hoping for federal assistance since California's general fund revenues can't be used. You can bet that if we have a large damaging earthquake the money will be found and in fact that's been the pattern. The countries that have early warning systems all built some after killer earthquakes. -- California system will be built before a major earthquake hits because it's not a matter of if it's going to happen. But when it.

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